Typhoon Haiyan: How to help

Thousands of people were killed Nov. 8, 2013, when Typhoon Haiyan unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes and schools in the Philippines. Many organizations are reaching out to help those affected by this natural disaster. Below is a list of organizations aiding in recovery efforts:

American Red Cross

  • To donate by phone, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or, for a $10 donation, text REDCROSS to 90999, and then confirm the donation with the word, Yes.
  • To donate money online, visit the American Red Cross website.

Philippine Red Cross 

Philippine Nurses Association of America

  • The Philippine Nurses Association is collecting money and supplies in hopes of sending a medical mission to the hardest-hit areas of their homeland.

Habitat for Humanity 

Deploying disaster team and aiding in rebuilding efforts. 

Operation USA 

Working in the Philippines since 1986, this group provides water purification, chemicals, shelter materials, medicine and medical equipment to those in need. 

  • To donate by phone, call 1-800-678-7255. Text donations are also being accepted. Just text AID to 50555 to donate $10.
  • To donate by mail, send a check to Operation USA, P.O. Box 36188, Los Angeles, CA 90036-0188.
  • Donations are also being accepted online at the Operation USA website

Salvation Army

  • To donate by phone, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or, for a $10 donation, text TYPHOON to 80888, and then confirm the donation with the word, Yes.
  • To donate online, visit the Salvation Army website.

Samaritan’s Purse

They have a team deployed and are providing basic necessities like temporary shelter, clean water, food and hygiene items.

Save the Children 


Helping the children affected by the typhoon get shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccinations. 

  • To donate by phone call 1-800-367-5437. 
  • Go to the UNICEF website to donate online or print out a form to send the donation by mail. 

World Vision 

Helping children and their families with urgent needs like clean water and emergency shelter. Also establishes child-friendly spaces so children can be in a safe environment. 

United Nations World Food Programme

  • The World Food Programme said it will send more than 40 tons of high energy biscuits and work with the Filipino government to help with logistics and emergency communications systems. It asks for donations at www.wfpusa.org or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.

Catholic Relief Services

  • Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations on its website, emergencies.crs.org, as it begins moving supplies and staff to respond to the typhoon.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

  • The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has begun collecting donations for relief efforts. To contribute, go to www.jdc.org or call 212-687-6200.

Stop Hunger Now

  • Stop Hunger Now aims to end hunger by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable. 
  • To donate, visit the Stop Hunger Now website.

Church World Service 

To learn more, visit Church World Service's website or call 1-800-297-1516.

United Methodist Committee on Relief

UMCOR is already in the Philippines, and 100 percent of donations go to aid the cause, not to nonprofit administration.